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Border Patrol seizes $1.6M in cocaine at Texas Checkpoint

August 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol seizes $1.6M in cocaine at Texas Checkpoint

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U.S. Border Patrol agents seized roughly $1.6 million in cocaine after a K-9 unit signaled to the presence of the drugs in an SUV at a checkpoint in South Texas.

The agents carried out the seizure at the Falfurrias Immigration Checkpoint in Brooks County immigration checkpoint located approximately 80 miles away from the Mexican border.

Officials said Border Patrol agents noticed a Ford Explorer driving up for inspection on Sunday.

Officers assigned the driver of the SUV to a secondary inspection.

According to reports, a K-9 unit signaled to the presence of drugs or human cargo while inspecting the vehicle.

Agents executed a search of the SUV and recovered 20 bundles of drugs that later tested positive for cocaine.

Authorities said the cocaine shipment weighed more than 50 pounds.

The Falfurrias checkpoint is on U.S. Highway 281 between McAllen and Corpus Christi, Texas.

It is nearly 80 miles from the Texas-Mexico border. Agents routinely bust individuals attempting to smuggle drugs or immigrants through the checkpoint.

Agents seized the car and the drugs. The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and was turned over to the DEA, along with the drugs, for further investigation and prosecution on charges of drug smuggling.

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